The Director General (DG) of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has in a short ceremony at DG’s Conference Room, Accra, received E-Learning Braille materials from the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC).
The Director General of GES praised the GNECC for complementing the efforts of government by providing E-Learning materials that target students in the Special Schools for the visually impaired in this era of Covid 19.
“This donation has really completed/complemented government attempts at reaching out to every student in their homes in whatever means possible as mainstream schools remained closed due to Covid 19 global pandemic”, Prof Opoku-Amankwa said.
Ministry of Education/Ghana Education Service has rolled out a number of E-Learning models like; online learning, TV learning and radio learning. The TV broadcasts have sign language component that reaches out to the hearing impaired aside the visuals.
However, the visually impaired students have no access to visuals aside the audio aired.
It was this vacuum created that inspired the GNECC with support from its partners, OSIWA Foundation, to spend a bit of their resources to produce Braille materials from the content of the E-Learning notes for the benefit of the visually impaired students.
In a brief remarks after the presentation of the materials, the Executive Chairman of GNECC, Mr Joseph Atsu, commended government for the inclusive nature of the E-Learning models, they would not have been inclusive enough without the Braille component.
‘It’s now comprehensively inclusive as all classes of students can now benefit fully from these learning materials as students remain at home’, Mr Atsu, explained.
GES took delivery of 60 pieces of E-Leaning materials in four (4) core subjects;
60 pieces of large print books for students with low vision and 50 pieces of audio devices. This also included text to speech software for use by the Special Schools.
These materials contain Covid 19 protocols as preached by the Ghana Health Service (GHS)
Credit: PR Unit, Headquarters, Accra